POLICE: 3-year-old brought to Ky. hospital with bite marks, marijuana in his system
Police say the boy was also suffering from bruising and human bite marks.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, woman has been arrested, after police say her 3-year-old son was brought to a Kentucky hospital with bite marks, bruising and marijuana in his system.
According to an arrest warrant, the case began on Monday, May 14, when Kentucky State Police were sent to Franklin Medical Regional Center. Hospital staff and a social worker reported that a 3-year-old boy had been brought to the emergency room by his grandmother, and mother, 36-year-old Dawn R. Baker.
Police say the 3-year-old had sustained, "several bruises, a partial outline of a hand-print on his bottom and bite marks." Police say he also displayed "very large pupils" and was "agitated."
After medical tests were performed, it was determined that the boy was suffering from neurological issues related to the presence of marijuana and amphetamines in his system, according to the warrant.
Police say the hospital determined that the bite marks were human.
Baker allegedly told officers that she had taken her child to the home of her boyfriend in Frankfort on May 12, two days earlier. When the boy was brought to his grandmother's home on the morning of May 14, his grandmother noticed that he was "acting weird" and insisted that he be taken to the hospital.
When confronted about the boy's injuries, Baker initially said that the bite marks were from a dog inside their home. Police say she told them she could not explain the presence of drugs in his system, and blamed her boyfriend for the other physical injuries.
Later, on May 15, Baker was again interviewed by Kentucky State Police. Police say she admitted only to spanking the boy "too hard" on his bottom.
Police say Baker and her boyfriend were the only ones who had contact with the boy from May 12 to May 13, and intentionally abused him, or placed him in a situation that resulted in the abuse.
A warrant was issued for Baker's arrest on Thursday, May 17. The Franklin County Sheriff's office took her into custody on Sunday evening. She is charged with first-degree criminal abuse and first-degree wanton endangerment. She is currently being held in the Franklin County Detention Center.
The status of her boyfriend is not known.
The University of Louisville Pediatrics of Forensic Medicine is conducting its own investigation.
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